October was a big month for us. Really big.
Yuge Enormous, even.
- We went on vacation at the beginning of October.
- We moved from our beloved literal island in the Danube onto a figurative island in the city.
- I changed jobs and office buildings at work.
- We went on vacation again at the end of October.
It’s almost the end of November now, and it feels like we’re still trying to catch up from October. We’d planned this trip many months in advance, coordinating with my parents and their friends in several different countries, and so bailing or rescheduling it to let us concentrate on our impending move across town and adjustment to a working kitchen again was not an option. Not that we wanted too, anyways — after getting the details mapped out with the new landlady and previous tenants in our new place, it was good to get away from a stressy bit at work. Continue reading A week in Eastern Italy
It’s been a little hectic around here since we got back.
Our story thus far:
- Sarah flew down to Venice to meet up with our pal Rachel
- Cliff drove down to Piombino Dese to pick them up at the train station and eat and sleep at Ca’ de Memi
- The three of us drove to Siena and explored for a few days
- Then we made our way to Rome, where we walked A LOT and ate a lot
- After five days in Rome, planned a route through Gaeta, tried some tielle there, and braced ourselves for Neapolitan traffic
We walked our feet off in Rome. And why not? We had great weather the whole time we were there, and armed with some offline Google Maps marked with stuff we wanted to see or eat, we navigated on foot a lot after taking the Metro in from Cornelia to someplace more central, like Barberini or Spagna.
One glaring and super-convenient exception to that: our hotel offered a shuttle service from their reception to the entrance lines of the Vatican Museums. It was dirt cheap but classy door-to-door service — one of our favorite things about the hotel. Continue reading Italy Road Trip May 2016, Part III: Exploring Rome on Foot and Departure
Arrival and Hotel
We drove in from Lago di Bolsena sometime around 7:00 p.m., expecting to have missed rush hour traffic. Whoops: we landed smack in the middle of it. A friendly taxi driver told us Italians start and finish their workday later, and consequently rush hour traffic runs later. We followed instructions from our GPS and rolled up to our hotel, the Church Palace, oohing and aahing at the gated entrance to the generous and secluded parking around, set several hundred yards back from the Via Aurelia. Continue reading Italy Road Trip May 2016, Part II: Sleeping and Eating in Rome
In May 2016 we took our longest road trip yet through Italy. It was a challenge to plan, given three participants on two continents, all with their own scheduling constraints, but we pulled it off to great success.
1st Leg, Regensburg to Piombino Dese to Siena
Continue reading Italy Road Trip May 2016, Part I
The heat around Regensburg (indeed, much of Germany) lately has been hard to bear — particularly for a country so resolutely opposed to air conditioning. But upwards of 32 °C / 90 °F at 09:00 a.m. or p.m., even the most resolute of my AC-hating colleagues give up, and would turn it on in the office… if only they could.
We picked a good week to head south outta town on a workshop to (somewhat) cooler climes. Continue reading Mid-week Alpine Escape
We like to combine two of our passions — cooking and traveling. Since we bought a car a little over a year ago, we’ve been planning on making use of it on weekend getaways, in the region and into neighboring regions, at self-catering cottages, or Ferienwohnungen, where possible.
But what are the bare necessities for that happen? Here are some things we’d rather not cook without, and/or experiences thus far have told us not to expect. We’ve assembled a kit we can throw into the trunk of our car. It’s mostly multi-use items, avoiding our most-prized kitchen implements where possible. Having a check list like this helps avoid leaving little treasures for the host or next guest. Continue reading Travel Kitchen
Seems like everyone in Europe has been to Amsterdam. Well, now we have, too. Sarah had wanted a visit to this city for a long time, so we planned this trip as a birthday present many months ago (around the time of her actual birthday, which is not a good time to be in the Northern Hemisphere). Continue reading Christi Himmelfahrt in Amsterdam
After the rest of Germany came back from Easter, we hit the road for a trip through the mountains from Regensburg to Graz, Austria to Lake Bled, Slovenia on the way to Verona, Italy. We had great weather most of the time. This was our second try on a few days in Verona, and we’re glad we gave it another shot. Continue reading Austro-Slovene-Italian Triangle
This winter was dragging on and on and on. Fortunately we’d foreseen a need for a break from it far in advance and planned a trip to Mexico to visit mis padres.
Some highlights, in no particular order:
- pal Rachel did her own escape from Boston’s relentless winter by meeting us down there
- Sarah and my dad did a duet at the BVG Open Mic session
- picked up a replacement stone for my ring (onyx had cracked; got a nice blue/green fire opal in there now)
- tried out Sonora Grill Prime at Plaza Neptuno (it was a great meal!)
- took in a live music concert downtown
- saw folk dancing representing regions all over Mexico at a free outdoor exhibition (get downtown early if you want to snag a seat)
- admired the requisite sunrises and sunsets
- clocked some pool time, recharging our solar cells